The wife of a Metcalfe County man who died last week after a suspected methamphetamine lab exploded at his residence has been charged in the case, according to officials with the Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Department.

Melissa Jessee, of 3113 Columbia Road, Edmonton, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on charges of possession of meth; trafficking meth; manufacturing meth; possession of a meth precursor; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of anhydrous ammonia; possession of anhydrous ammonia in an improper container; endangering the welfare of a minor and wanton endangerment.

Jessee’s husband, Doug Jessee, 39, died last Thursday at the University of Louisville Hospital from injuries he sustained in the explosion. Jessee was burned over 90 percent of his body, emergency officials said.

Authorities responded to a 911 call for help in reference to an earlier fire at the couple’s home. A meth lab was discovered in the bathroom of the residence, law enforcement officials said.

None of the couple’s three children who were present at the time of the explosion were injured, authorities said.

All three were decontaminated at the scene.

The two youngest children remain in child protective custody, Metcalfe County Sheriff Deputy Kevin Thompson, lead investigator in the case, said.

Melissa Jessee was treated and released for minor injuries Thursday at T.J. Samson Community Hospital.

After attending funeral services for her husband over the weekend, Jessee was taken into custody on Tuesday and released on a $50,000 cash bond, authorities said.


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